Table of Contents

Here’s a look inside the Baby Bargains book!

Chapter 1

  • “It’s going to change your life”
  • The Four Truths That No One Tells You
  • What Does a Baby Cost For the First Year?
  • Reality Check: How Much You Can Save
  • What? There’s No Advertising in this Book?
  • So, Who Are You Guys?
  • 7 Commandments of Baby Bargains
  • What You Need When
  • We Get Questions: Top 5 Q&A
  • What’s New in This Edition?

Chapter 2

  • Nursery Necessities: Cribs, Dressers & More
  • The Downside of Waiting Until the Last Minute
  • Cribs
  • The Five Basic Sources
  • The Four Essential Parts to a Nursery
  • More Money Buys You
  • Three Golden Rules of Crib Shopping
  • The Old Crib Trap and Nine Other Safety Tips
  • Recalls: Where to Find Information
  • “Baby Buying Frenzy” and 10 More Shopper Tips
  • Under crib Drawers and Five Other Wastes of Money
  • Top Eight Things No One Tells You
  • Nine Money-Saving Secrets
  • Baby Superstores: Good, Bad & Ugly
  • Specialty Chains
  • Five Outlet Stores
  • Baby Registries Disappoint
  • Reviews & Ratings of 50 Crib Brands
  • Not Made in China
  • Baby Tenda
  • Organic Baby Furniture
  • Co-sleepers & Hi-Tech Cradles
  • Hotel Cribs: Hazardous at $200 a night
  • 8 Tips to Lower Risk of SIDS
  • Our picks: Crib Brand Recommendations
  • Chart: Crib Brands Compared
  • Bassinets/Cradles
  • Mattresses
  • “Coil Overkill” and Two More Smart Shopping Tips
  • Top Picks: Brand Recommendations—Coil, Foam, Organic
  • Dressers & Changing Tables
  • What Is French Dove-tail? Corner Blocks?
  • Safe & Sound: Three Tips
  • Our picks: Brand Recommendations
  • Six More Items for the Nursery
  • The Bottom Line: Save $2000+ With Our Tips

Chapter 3

  • Baby Bedding & Decor
  • Six Sources for The Best Quality and Prices
  • Cyberspace: Four Great Sites
  • More than Sheets: The Four Basic Bedding Pieces
  • Electric Blanket Warning and Nine More Safety Tips
  • Looking for Mr. Good Bedding: Nine Shopper Tips
  • Diaper Stackers and Six More Wastes of Money
  • Skipping the Quilt and Seven More Money-Saving Secrets
  • Reviews & Ratings of 51 Top Bedding Designers
  • Tips on Green Crib Bedding
  • The Bottom Line: Our Budget Saves You $800 to $900
  • Chart: Bedding Designers Compared

Chapter 4

  • The Reality Layette: Little Clothes for Little Prices
  • When to Start Stocking Up on Clothes & Diapers
  • Nine Basic Sources
  • Baby Clothes
  • Garage & Yard Sales: Eight Tips for the Best Bargains
  • Cyberspace: Web sources for deals
  • What Is a Layette?
  • What Does More Money Buy You?
  • Draw strings and Three Other Safety Tips
  • One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Laundry Conundrum: What’s Best for Baby?
  • Beware of Appliqués and 8 Other Smart Shopper Tips
  • The Fuzz Factor: Five Wastes of Money
  • Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes
  • Second Hand Bargains and 10 More Money-Saving Tips
  • Carter’s and Six Other Clothing Outlets
  • Best Bets: Best, Good and Skip It
  • Nine Great Mail-Order Clothing Catalogs
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
  • Diapers
  • 13 CyberSpace Diaper Sources
  • Who’s Got the Cheapest Diapers?
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
  • Which Cloth Diapers Work Best?
  • Buy in Bulk and Ten Other Money-Saving Secrets
  • The Bottom Line: Slash Clothing, Diaper Costs by $300

Chapter 5

  • Maternity/Nursing Clothes
  • Maternity & Nursing Clothes
  • Getting Started: When Do You Need Maternity Stuff?
  • Ten Surprising Sources
  • Cyberspace: 15 sites
  • Your Pregnant Wardrobe: How Much Will You Need?
  • Reader Poll: Best Nursing Clothes Brands
  • Battling Your Wacky Thermostat
  • Fetal Monitors: Are They Safe?
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations—Undergarments
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations—Nursing Clothes
  • Help! My Feet Have Swollen!
  • Plus Size & 12 Other Money-Saving Tips
  • Reviews of Maternity Chain Stores
  • Watch Out for Return Policies
  • Stay Fit: Pregnancy Workout Videos
  • Bottom Line: Save $1000 With Your Tips

Chapter 6

  • Feeding Baby: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs
  • Breastfeeding
  • Eight Sources for Help
  • Six Web Sites For Breast Pumps
  • Chart: Which Pump Works Best?
  • Breast Milk Storage Options
  • Reviews & Ratings: 12 Breast Pumps Compared
  • Breastfeeding in Public: Four Tips and Advice
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
  • When to Buy a Pump
  • Formula
  • Organic Formula and Other Options
  • Nine Money Saving Tips
  • Bottles/Nipples
  • Bottle Warmers & Sterilizes
  • Baby Food
  • Taste Tests and Five Other Safety Hints
  • Make Your Own and Five More Money-Saving Tips
  • Toddler Foods: Waste of Money?
  • Reviews & Ratings of Six Brands
  • High Chairs
  • Strap Me In and Five Other Safety Tips
  • Smart Shopper Tips: Basic Features and More
  • Reviews & Ratings of 21 Brands
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
  • Chart: High Chairs Compared
  • Hook-On Chairs & Boosters

Chapter 7

  • Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More
  • Getting Started: What You Need, When
  • Best Bath Tubs
  • Six More Items for the Baby’s Room
  • The Best Diaper Pails: Reviews & Ratings
  • Coupon Sites Cut Online Shopping Costs
  • Bouncer Seats
  • Monitors
  • Bugging Your House and Four Other Shopping Tips
  • Reviews & Ratings of 10 Brands
  • Chart: Monitors Compared
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
  • Swings: Godsend or Neglect-o-matic?
  • Baby Proofing: Safety
  • Top Ten Baby Products That Should Be Banned
  • Gates: Our Picks
  • Ten Tips for Safe Toys
  • Baby First Aid Kit
  • Top 11 Safety Must-Haves
  • Play Yards: The Best Bets

Chapter 8

  • Car Seats
  • Getting Started & Four Sources to Find Car Seats
  • Cyberspace: Six Great Sites For Car Seat Info
  • One Size Does NOT Fit All and Nine More Smart Tips
  • 11 Car Seat Safety Tips
  • Four Money Saving Secrets
  • Reviews & Ratings of 13 Top Brands
  • What is the Lightest Infant Car Seat Carrier?
  • Model by Model Reviews: Infant Car Seats
  • Model by Model Reviews: Convertible Car Seats
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations—Infant Seats
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations—Convertible Seats
  • Booster Seats
  • Nine Smart Shopping Tips: Testing, Harnesses & More
  • When Is a Child Ready to Stop Using a Booster?
  • Model by Model Reviews: Booster Car Seats
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations—Booster Seats

Chapter 9

  • Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and other To Go Gear
  • Strollers
  • Six Types of Strollers
  • Untrustworthy Brakes and More Safety Advice
  • What Features Do You Really Need?
  • Silly Stroller Accessories & Other Wastes of Money
  • Stroller Overkill and Nine Other Money-Saving Secrets
  • Reviews & Ratings: The 35 Best & Worst Brands
  • Shopping Cart Covers: Our Top Picks
  • The Latest From Europe: Trends & Fads
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations by Lifestyle
  • Bugaboo Smackdown: The Best Bugaboo Imitators
  • Chart: Stroller Round-up
  • Chart: All-Terrain Strollers Compared
  • Three Mistakes to Avoid with Joggers
  • Strollers for Two: Double the Fun
  • Discount Mail Order Source
  • Bike Trailers & Seats
  • Diaper Bags
  • Top Nine Items for a Well-Stocked Diaper Bag
  • Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
  • Carriers
  • Four Carrier Types & Our Top Picks
  • Conclusion: What Does It All Mean?
  • Average Costs vs. Our Baby Bargains Budget
  • Our Parting Advice

Appendices, Etc.

  • Appendix A: Sample Gift Registry
  • Appendix B: Multiples Advice: Twins and more
  • Index
  • Check out our web site/Contact us
  • Our Other Books
  • About the Authors Inside Back Cover
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